I have to say it.
John Marsden revolutionised teen novels. Tomorrow When the War Began has to have been the best book I ever read in high school. The whole series is amazing. A strong female narrator, a teenager no less. Great characters, real, young, feisty, fun, serious, and an amazing notion. What if Australia was invaded?
What would you do?
The books kept me riveted, I couldn’t put them down. I can’t count the number of times I read and re-read the first three books.
What intrigued me was the fact that the main character was a female, considering John Marsden is a guy.
The character Homer Yannos must be my first literary crush. I always had a thing for him lol.
And now comes the main point of this.
I went and saw the movie and I have to say out of all the book-to-movie adaptations TWTWB is the best of the lot that I’ve seen.
They stayed true to the book, changing only minor details [giving the kids webcams, laptops, mobile phones and changing one scene having Chris and Robyn involved with the blowing up of Cobblers, but it kind of fit with the dynamics so I didn’t mind that so much – oh and Flip wasn’t a basset hound…lol].
I cried when Corrie got shot…even though I knew it was going to happen.
There was some priceless clips as well, like Kevin’s face while Chris was talking about finding out what was going on. Chris the way they characterised him was absolutely hilarious.
I could go on, but I’d be gushing. Overall an amazing effort. Some of the acting wasn’t perfect, but I think for all of them it was the first time doing a major motion picture. And it was a perfect feel.
I loved Deniz as Homer, even though he wasn’t exactly how I pictured him in the books. Too good looking. But, hey, it’s a movie. Literary license, eh?
The soundtrack was good. Steer by Missy Higgins was a good opening track.
So overall, I give this movie two thumbs up. 😀 And a great big smile. I’d definitely watch it again :D.